Klopp keeps Karius off the frontlines as Mignolet gets nod for Merseyside derby

Liverpool's young German keeper had been dropped against Middlesbrough

BY Raf Diallo 15:15 Friday 16 December 2016, 15:15 16 Dec 2016

Liverpool goalkeepers Loris Karius (left) and Simon Mignolet (right) before the EFL Cup, Third Round match at the iPro Stadium, Derby. Picture by Joe Giddens PA Wire/PA Images

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has confirmed Simon Mignolet will keep his place in goal for Monday's Merseyside derby at Everton.

Loris Karius was replaced by the Belgian for Wednesday's Premier League win at Middlesbrough, following weeks of criticism from pundits including Sky Sports' Gary Neville.

Klopp says he doesn't want to change his goalkeeper every week but has faith Karius will eventually show his quality.

"I don't want to change each week. That was not the plan," said the former Borussia Dortmund manager.

"Simon made a really good game, so he will be in goal for sure. I tried to explain it after the game. It was about not pushing Loris through the situation.

"He can use the time in training now and having no pressure -- only the pressure he makes himself with getting better. I know about how fantastic he is as a goalkeeper. Of course it's not enough if only I know about it.

"Simon did really well so there's nothing to think about, only if something happens and then we have Loris again."

Wednesday's 3-0 win at Middlesbrough lifted Liverpool to second in the table, just above Arsenal on goal difference.

They are now six points off Premier League leaders Chelsea as the busy winter period begins in earnest.


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